Frequently Asked Questions


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Where do TAU Workshop participants come from?
Each year the TAU Workshop hosts a very international group of participants. Past participants have come from more than 200 universities around the world. They have hailed from the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, Turkey, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Armenia, Russia, Kenya, Germany, South Africa, Iraq, Ukraine, Armenia, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Morocco, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Romania, Nigeria, India, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Slovakia, Italy, Austria, Scotland, Sweden, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Greece and France.

What is the cost of the TAU Workshop?
The costs of the program are covered by the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, including airfare, accommodation in single hotel rooms and most meals. On free nights, meals are at the participant’s own expense. There is a customary tip for the tour guide and bus driver which we recommend that the participants contribute at the end of the trip.

A registration deposit of US $250 is required to secure a space in the Workshop. The registration deposit is refunded to each participant within 30 days of completing the workshop.

Do I need to give a paper?
While participants of the workshop are not asked to present papers, they are asked  to serve as chairpersons of the various workshop sessions. In some cases, when a participant has expertise in an area that overlaps with a workshop session, he or she may volunteer to serve as a discussant.

To what extent is the workshop fair-minded?
While  this is an Israeli program, organized by the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, we have done our best to include a wide variety of Palestinian  and Israeli perspectives from across the range of their respective political spectrums. Many sessions are organized as panels with both Israeli and Palestinian presenters, and numerous opportunities are afforded for informal meetings outside of academic sessions.

How much interaction can I expect with the Workshop speakers?
Each academic session includes a brief presentation followed by a meaningful question & answer and discussion period.   Sometimes it is possible to continue the discussion with the presenter over a meal, or to schedule an individual meeting during the workshop.

Are all of the sessions academic?
No, some of the sessions are informal meetings. For example, program meals are often utilized as good opportunities to host Israeli and Palestinian guests for informal discussion. 

Will the names of participants be made public? Will the workshop be publicized? 
No, we do not share the names of participants without their permission. Nor do we publicize this program to the news media. This workshop is conceived of as a private program for a select group of academics, and all sessions are conducted according to the Chatham House Rule  with regard to the identities and comments of fellow participants.

In which language are the sessions conducted?
The workshop will be conducted in English, and for this reason a very good command of the English language is necessary. All participants must be able to understand lectures and engage in discussions held in English.

Can I bring my partner or my family?
Due to the intensive and professional nature of this program, we regret that spouses and children may not join the trip.

Can I avoid the Israeli passport stamp?
In recent years, the passport authorities in Israel have implemented a new system according to which all visas issued at Ben Gurion Airport are issued on a separate sheet of paper, rather than in the passport itself.

What if I come from a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel but I am interested in this Workshop?
It may be possible for you to attend.  Individuals in circumstances such as these are invited to contact us at tauworkshop@tauex.tau.ac.il for more information.


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